Patrick Colleran
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Bike: A 1976 Sam Braxton (#23) refurbished for it's second cross country trip
Favorite piece of gear: B17 brooks saddle
Go-to road food:Corndogs
Best touring specific trick: Poppin curbs and riding wheelies
Last employment: Field leader for citizen science backpacking trips for wilderness character monitoring in the HPBH WSA just north of Yellowstone
Most anticipated destination: Austin, Texas
Best bike related experience: Touring the San Juan Islands with Alison E. Riley

Max Horrowitz-Burdick
Hometown: Longmont, CO.
Salsa Vaya
Favorite piece of gear:
Go-to road food:
Best touring specific trick:
on bike sunscreen application
Last employment:
Denali National Park trail crew
Most anticipated destination:
middle of nowhere mississippi
Best bike experience:
first wheely

Vince Roubitchek
Hometown: Mt. Prospect, Illinois
Bike: Surly Long Haul Trucker (Fatties Fit Fine)
Favorite piece of gear: Bear Spray
Go-to road food: Jalapeno Cheddar Cheetos
Best touring specific trick: Limbo under gates of closed campsites....while riding
Last employment: Raft/Backpack Guide in West Glacier, Montana
Most anticipated destination: Beers on the beach in MIAMI!
Best bike experience: Cruisin' Avenue of the Giants in Nor Cal

Kyle Lehman
Hometown: Corbett, Oregon
Bike: Surly Cross Check with a dented rear wheel and noisy brakes.
Favorite piece of gear: Michael Jordan tank top
Go-to road food: Corn doggies
Best touring specific trick: No handed jacket removal
Last employment: Wildland Firefighter for the State of Montana
Most anticipated destination: New Orleans
Best bike experience: Crashing so hard while dirt jumping that I shit my pants.

Danny Thuerer
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Bike: Surly Long haul Trucker
Favorite piece of gear: GoLite nickers
Go-to road food: Milky way
Best touring specific trick: Riding forward
Last employment: Helena National forest
Most anticipated destination: The South
Best bike experience: Riding down hill

Friday, October 21, 2011


We were supposed to take a rest day in the redwoods but ended up riding a closed and washed out gravel road that led to a less than mediocre campsite without a view or redwoods. We continued our ride down the technical and bumpy road on our fully loaded touring bikes while only losing a pack of hot dogs and a couple of panniers to a more aesthetically pleasing campsite under a big tree. Vince climbed to the near top of it before determining that we should stay there. Our next pseudo rest day was a twelve mile hike though fern canyon to the lost coast where we saw a herd of elk grazing on the beach. We then rode a hilly forty miles on empty stomachs until we all consumed three pound burritos and sluggishly made our way into Arcata, California.

When we arrived at the Humboldt State University campus we posted up right outside the university center. Conveniently, we happened to be resting right next to the "Occupy Humboldt" headquarters (a group of tents with a creative logo on a banner). We heard they had been camping out on campus for the past week so, without hesitation we asked if we could join their slumber party for the night...they allowed it, of course.


  1. Kylehman great posts. Keep them coming. So now you are all involoved in the occupy movement?? Thank goodness for protesters, they always welcome new comers. Boys be sure to eat or the Jewish mom will come.(Ask Max, you don't want that to happen.) Take care, safety first, M&D HB

  2. Niccccccce background. Interesting bios. Max did I see your 1st wheely? M&D HB